Mayor’s Column: Solicitation

Mayor Mignogna discusses the solicitation policies for Voorhees.

As the world slowly returns to normalcy, we have received questions and concerns about door-to-door solicitors. In 2016, Voorhees Township adopted a “No Knock Ordinance” that allows our residents to control unwanted solicitation. The ordinance allows each resident to make a choice as to whether to be solicited at their home.

Voorhees Township requires anyone wishing to pedal or solicit door-to-door to first obtain a license. The Township Clerk issues the license after the application is reviewed by the Voorhees Township Police Department following a check of any criminal history. If approved, the applicant is issued a license. Door-to-door solicitation is only allowed from 10 a.m. to dusk.

Residents who choose not to be solicited can contact the Township Clerk at (856) 429-7757 or at clerk@voorheesnj.com  and obtain a no soliciting sticker that can be placed in an area visible to the public.

A solicitation license is not required for nonprofit organizations or any person campaigning for an elected public office or public question which will be voted upon in Voorhees in a general, special, primary or school board election. Although a solicitation license is not required for these individuals, they are required to carry a bona fide means of identification, such as a valid driver’s license or other government issued identification.

If a no soliciting sticker is visible on your property and a solicitor knocks on your door, advise the police so they can address the matter. Do not call 911; call the police nonemergency phone number, (856) 428-5400. Persons violating this ordinance are subject to a fine of not less than $100 or more than $1250. In addition, violators can be sentenced to jail for not more than 90 days or be assigned community service not to exceed 90 days.

**On Aug. 19, we welcome BeaT Tells, the premier Beatles tribute band. This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event that is the next best thing to seeing the Beatles. The band recaptures the excitement, the mood and the frantic intensity which evoke memories of the 60’s and 70’s. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on the “Great Lawn” at Connolly Park. The “Beer Garden” and food trucks will open at 6:30 p.m.  There is also plenty of free parking.

** Voorhees Township is offering discounted tickets to Morey’s Piers in Wildwood. Tickets are available in the Municipal Clerk’s Office at Voorhees Town Hall. Prices vary according to the type of ticket and several options are available to residents and non-residents. For more information about tickets, visit voorheesnj.com.

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